The Olympics Results for Team Philippines on August 1, 2021, saw boxing champion Eumir Marcial knocking out his opponent in another first-round glory, assuring the Filipino of another podium finish – possibly a gold – in the Tokyo Summer Games.
Golfer Juvic Pagunsan wraps up his Olympics journey.
EUMIR MARCIAL (Boxing)
Eumir Marcial won his quarterfinals match with a sensational knockout to send him to the Men’s Middleweight (69-75kg) division semifinals and an assured bronze medal.
The Filipino overwhelmed Armenian champion Arman Darchinyan in 2 minutes and 11 seconds of the first round of their match.
Marcial’s power was unleashed once he stepped on the ring and in just the first minute forced the referee to a standing count on his opponent.
The Filipino boxer KO’d the Armenian with a right hook to the head following a body shot combination.
Eumir Marcial is scheduled to meet the reigning European champion, Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Ukraine, in the semifinal on Thursday, August 5.
Marcial started his Tokyo Olympics bid with an outright spot in the Round of 16, bypassing the Round of 32 matches by virtue of his AIBA Top 4 rank.
He quickly overthrew his ring opponent, Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi, causing the referee to stop the contest in Round 1 at 2:41 after the Algerian suffered a bloody cut about his right eye.
The AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships silver medalist punched his ticket to the Summer Games in Japan after winning his middleweight bout at the Asia Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan last year.
Marcial was the Philippines’ male flagbearer in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.
The Philippines now has two more assured podium finishes from Marcial and fellow boxer Nesthy Petecio who is in the featherweight final. Both are aiming for the country’s 2nd and 3rd gold medals after weightlifter Hidiliyn Diaz gifted the Filipino nation with its first-ever gold medal.
JUVIC PAGUNSAN (Golf)
Juvic Pagunsan wrapped up his journey as the first Filipino to compete in golf at the Olympics after the Men’s Individual Stroke Round 4 on Sunday.
Pagunsan started his campaign strong in Round 1 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, tied at 5th place with 5-under par 66.
In Round 2, he slipped down to tie at 24th place, ended Round 3 in 55th place, and fell out of medal contention. The Filipino golfer finished his event in 55th place after firing a 70 in Round 4.
The Filipino champion golfer secured a spot in the quadrennial meet in Japan by finishing 49th in the global ranking for male golfers.
Pagunsan brought home three golds and a bronze medal for the Philippines at the SEA Games in 2001 and 2005. He most recently won his maiden Japan Golf Tour title in the 2021 Mizuno Open after playing for ten years in the league.
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